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 Post subject: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: February 19th, 2012, 11:21 pm 
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In the last couple of days staffers at ESPN have twice used the phrase "Chink in the Armor" when doing stories about the Knicks. The biggest story in sports the last two weeks has been the rise of Jeremy Lin, who is of Chinese descent, from complete unknown to superstar. While I hate the overly PC world that we're living in, ESPN did the right thing, "Chink" is a death word just like other racial slurs. Those people should have been fired not for saying it, but for being dumb enough to not realize that it was a death word. How does a person with that little common sense rise to get an anchor or editor position at ESPN?


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: February 19th, 2012, 11:26 pm 
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Maybe the teleprompter's girlfriend had a fling with the anchor?
Revenge. :bill: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: February 20th, 2012, 12:06 am 
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mr_divots wrote:
Maybe the teleprompter's girlfriend had a fling with the anchor?
Revenge. :bill: :lol:


Like Ron Burgundy, a guy who will read anything on the prompter.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: February 20th, 2012, 10:53 am 
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they were too interested in being cute to think about what they were saying


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: February 20th, 2012, 11:07 am 
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idiots...

Does no one ever learn?

PC or not it's just not something you'll get away with any more and rightly so.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: February 21st, 2012, 9:50 pm 
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Was reading about it...the night editor or whoever he was put it up at 2:30 am. He really did not mean any racism. Media outlets have used that particular term hundreds of times in the past. Yes it was unfortunate but maybe he wasn't aware of the racial undertones? It's been a long time since I personally have heard the word used as a slur. My kid who's 16 probably wouldn't know that it was derogatory.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: April 10th, 2012, 4:33 pm 
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candukid wrote:
My kid who's 16 probably wouldn't know that it was derogatory.


My son is 13 (and 1/2 Chinese) and he had never heard the word used in the derogatory sense.

I can buy that the guy made an honest mistake, but unfortunately that's a job where you have to be good enough not to make that kind of mistake.

I read that Lin had lunch with the former editor a week or two ago and the editor came away with a very positive view of Lin. He said they really only talked about the incident for a few minutes and spent the rest of the time chatting about other things. He said Lin harbored no ill feelings.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: April 11th, 2012, 12:18 pm 
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I really don't think they meant any harm....that phrase has been in use for centuries...and now some PC group decides they know what the writers "really" meant, they should be fired.

It's getting to the point no one can say anything without it being twisted into an intentional or stupid action.

Oh well....


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: April 11th, 2012, 12:29 pm 
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Anyone with half a brain would realize that is not a good headline to run when the focus at the time was on Lin. It is an overly PC world at times (quite often) but this is just not something a person awake at the wheel would think was a good headline to run. I wouldn't give them another chance to screw up worse next time. :?


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: April 11th, 2012, 12:47 pm 
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mr_divots wrote:
Anyone with half a brain would realize that is not a good headline to run when the focus at the time was on Lin. It is an overly PC world at times (quite often) but this is just not something a person awake at the wheel would think was a good headline to run. I wouldn't give them another chance to screw up worse next time. :?


Yeah, I guess as a HEADLINE, that did come across as unintelligent.... (especially if I recall correctly, it ran with a picture of Lin under the headline)


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: April 11th, 2012, 1:22 pm 
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Probably from Iowa... :wink:


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PostPosted: April 11th, 2012, 1:43 pm 
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Probably from Iowa... :wink:


LOL...some day I wanna take you all hunting with me....one at a time :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: April 19th, 2012, 5:53 pm 
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That particular word used in the way they used it....has been around forever and has to go back when people actually wore armour! That is not a racial slur in that usage!

Is it me or is it getting that bad now?

What happened to the 1st Amendment rights...I do believe that covers Freedom of the Press as well?


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PostPosted: April 19th, 2012, 9:51 pm 
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Geekoman wrote:
That particular word used in the way they used it....has been around forever and has to go back when people actually wore armour! That is not a racial slur in that usage!

Is it me or is it getting that bad now?

What happened to the 1st Amendment rights...I do believe that covers Freedom of the Press as well?


Thats what I was saying....the phrase is almost 600 years old.....but just now is considered wrong.



Freakin left-wing Democrats!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Heads rolling as ESPN
PostPosted: April 20th, 2012, 7:48 am 
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I am as conservative as I want to be, I am not huge right wing fanatic or anything but in this case they used a play on words to purposefully make the statement about the man's race. Political correctness is run a muck but in this case these guys made a statement that could not be mistaken in it's derogatory context. Calling an Asian person a chink is no less than calling a white guy a cracker, or a black guy a coon. Coon is a perfect example of a word that has an innocent meaning and derogatory one. Using chink to describe and Asian player in this case was a failed attempt at humor and was clearly not riot inciting but was used in poor taste at best.


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